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Kay Rossman 

Kathleen Walker Rossman and her 
husband Newell are well known to 
LCSNA members who regularly attend 
meetings, as they are willing to trek from 
Sarasota, Florida, to almost any location 
the Society devises, but they are at least 
as well known in another milieu — Syra- 
cuse University. 

These two members of the class of 
1939 were both recently awarded 
Syracuse's Senior Alumni Award. As 
reported in The Syracuse Record last 
May , between them they have many years 
of volunteer and professional service to 
the university, including Newell's posi- 
tions as the first director of Development 
and vice-chancellor for university rela- 

Kay ' s involvement in community ser- 
vice has extended beyond the university 
to many areas and throughout her life, 
with achievements to her credit such as 
being president of the Girl's Club of 
Syracuse, organizing Literacy Volunteers 
of America, and serving as a hospital 
trustee. She maintains active concern in 
library and literacy projects. 

(continued on page 5) 

Members' Carroll Collections 
Are Feature of Fall Gathering 

A 19th-century little girl was the cause of some 50 members and guests of the 
LCSNA converging on the Wheaton Public Library on October 5, 1991. Her name 
was not Alice, however, but Mabel Hutzler, and her sixth-birthday present in 1 892 of 
a Looking-Glass became the nucleus of the David and Maxine Schaefer Carroll 
collection. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of this collection, we had an all- 
day meeting in the D.C. suburbs focussed on collecting. 

The meeting proper began at 10:30 a.m. when president Charles Lovett summa- 
rized the results of the board meeting and brought 
everyone up to date on the state of the Society. 
Most encouraging was hearing that the first 
volume in our pamphlets series is in galleys and 
is expected in April. Charles also reported that 
progress is being made on Jonathan Dixon's new 
illustrated Snark, that thanks to hard work on the 
part of Francine Abeles and others the Society 
now has the proper IRS classification to accept 
contributions tax-exempt for the donors, and that 
a committee has been formed to plan for the 1 994 
International Carroll Conference in Princeton. 
The president then introduced David 
Schaefer, who recounted the family origins of Dr.Goodacre explores a bibliographi- 
es 100-year-old collection. After that 1892 cal intricacy with a fellow Carrollian. 
birthday present, David's mother's collection grew, notably in foreign languages on 
her father's department store buying trips in Europe. David himself became 

fascinated with Carroll 's symbolic logic, 
a factor in his becoming a computer 
scientist with NASA. Although the col- 
lection did not languish, it was David's 
wife Maxine who urged him, even on 
their honeymoon in Mexico, to find edi- 
tions of Alice for his mother's collection. 
David discussed many of the 
collection's treasures and some intrigu- 
ing Carrollian curiosities. For example, 
the spine on his Appleton Alice had be- 
come loose, revealing to the observant 
Dr. Selwyn Goodacre fragments of a 
London newspaper, indicating that the 
Appleton Alice was bound in England! 
He displayed the smallest Snark and the 
biggest "Jabberwocky," and shared with 
{continued on page 2) 


Over There . . . 

When we see political cartoons of Presi- 
dent Bush as a mad hatter, pass a pet store 
with a sign of a grinning cat, or come across 
a reference to Alice in the latest spy novel we 
tend to think that our culture is permeated by 
the influence of Carroll. This may be true, 
but, as a recent trip to England reminded us, 
Alice in America does not begin to reach the 
type of pervasive presence that she enjoys in 
her homeland. 

When Selwyn Goodacre introduced me 
to members of the Swadlincote Rotary Club 
as the president of the LCSNA, they seemed 
genuinely impressed; at home such an intro- 
duction is frequently met with bewilderment. 
After a few days with Selwyn, we travelled to 
London for the British LC Society's Christ- 
mas party and raffle. The raffle table paid 
tribute to Carroll's popularity as it was piled 
high with Alice-related advertisements, play- 
bills, and other ephemera. In America would 
a journalist show up to write a story on the 
Society dressed in full Mad Hatter regalia? 
Well, he did in London. Of course, the 
evening was capped off by viewing a video of 
the recent Alice toilet paper commercial! 

Two days with Carrollian Edward 
Wakeling gave us an opportunity to explore 
his collection of video and audio tapes which 
led to the realization that Alice and Carroll are 
quite newsworthy in the UK. Television and 
radio coverage included stories about auc- 
tions of important Carroll items, the laying of 
the memorial stone in Westminster Abbey, 
and even a program on the 1989 Oxford 
Conference, featuring interviews with a num- 
ber of Carroll ians (including yours truly). 

Our return to London took us to Mike 
Batt's £2 million musical of The Hunting of 
the Snark and the Prince Edward Theatre (to 
be reviewed in the next KL), and the reaction 
of the audience showed an appreciation of 
and frequently familiarity with Carroll's po- 
etry not likely to be seen in the USA. Finally, 
there was Selfridge's. Twelve of the sixteen 
front windows of this Oxford Street depart- 
ment store were dedicated not to displaying 
merchandise for Christmas shoppers but to 
Alice. Each chapter of the book was illus- 
trated by an elaborately designed and ani- 
mated window display, and around each win- 
dow was gathered a crowd of adults and 
children — delighted to share the spirit of the 
season with Alice. 

It was, as always, a joy to visit a country 
where Alice is a national hero and to bring 
home the wishes of so many Brits that the 
Carrollians of America may have a joyous 
holiday and a prosperous New Year. 

MEETING (continued from page I) 

us a very special book that Warren 

Chappell made for him and his sister. 

August Imholtz commented briefly 
on the collection he and his wife Clare 
have assembled in the past 12 years. He 
noted the many friends they have made 
through their interest in Lewis Carroll 
and some of the books that friends pro- 
cured in travels in Europe and the Near 
East. Friends in the Norwegian diplo- 
matic corps, for example, obtained a 
Singhalese Alice while they were sta- 
tioned in Kuwait from their maid on one 
of her visits to her home in Sri Lanka. 

The third Washington area collector 
to talk about his collection was our vice- 
president, Alan Tannenbaum. When he 
was working on developing an IBM spell- 
checker in 1982, he wanted to use 
"Jabberwocky" to illustrate how the pro- 
gram worked, and needing a copy of the 
text bought The Annotated Alice. That, 
an article on book collecting, and an 
1892 Altemus began his now 550-item 
collection. His packrat mentality is tem- 
pered by an Aristotelian precision in 
classifying and recording (on an IBM, of 
course) the full bibliographic data and 
fine points about his purchases. When- 
ever possible, he attempts to get number 
42 of any numbered edition, and knowl- 
edgeable realist though he is, Alan still 
hopes someday to find an 1865 Alice at 
the bottom of a tub of books. 

Our next speaker, the editor of 
Jabberwocky, consummate bibliogra- 
pher, and long-time collector Dr. Selwyn 
H. Goodacre, entitled his talk "Periph- 
eral Carroll Collecting." While his pri- 
mary collection includes over 1500 En- 
glish editions of the Alice books alone, it 
was the off-shoots of his collection rather 
than the main trunk he discussed that 

Non-/4//Vf books of Alice illustrators 
such as Tenniel, Furniss, Frost, etc. 
gradually flowed onto several shelves. 
Mervyn Peake's illustrated Alice led Dr. 
Goodacre to join the Mervyn Peake So- 
ciety and, of course, become a Peake 
collector too. Then there are the postage 
stamps, both legitimate stamps from 
Great Britain and other countries and the 
phony philatelies Gerald King has in- 
vented for Wonderland. After recount- 
ing many more examples of the overac- 

tive collecting syndrome which can be 
discerned by the trained practitioner in 
the rapid and involuntary transformation 
of the hand into a claw, he closed by 
mentioning the channel he is currently 
trying to open — the early poetry of Flo- 
rence Becker Lennon. Since many of her 
early poems were broadcast over a New 
York radio station, their waves are now 
somewhere far out in space — that would 
be going too far beyond the periphery 
even for Dr. Goodacre. 

The formal portion of the meeting 
concluded with a delightful talk by Cathy 
Newman, author of the June 1991 Na- 
tional Geographic article "The Wonder- 
land of Lewis Carroll." Enjoying more 
latitude than her editors usually allow, 
Cathy had her idea accepted in 1989 after 
having been turned down years earlier, 
and she began to map the internal and 
external geography of Wonderland. She 
viewed with a Carrollian eye such phe- 
nomena as girls' rugby and the bathing 
costumes at Eastbourne. At Christ Church 
she was not able to interview the Dean 
but did see the wine cellars once under 
CLD ' s stewardship and recreated the July 
4 boat trip. The responses to her article 
were generally positive, including two in 
mirror writing. Her current assignment 
is an article on the English-French 
Chunnel, a word Carroll might have liked 
very much. 

The informal rest of the day began 
with a delightful lunch at the Schaefers' 
house. We spent more than two hours 
looking at their collection, socializing, 
and generally enjoying ourselves very 
much indeed. For coffee and dessert, the 
group proceeded to the Imholtz house. 
Among the treasures to be examined 
there were the set of the young Ukrainian 
artist Oleg Lipchenko's unpublished 
Alice illustrations that August had re- 
cently brought back from the Soviet 
Union. [Another feature of this stop was 
a nifty microfiche of the Snark produced 
by August as a keepsake — Ed.] Around 
4:30, most of the members and guests set 
out to the Tannenbaums' home in Wash- 
ington Grove. There we enjoyed Alan's 
collection and Allison's wonderful cook- 
ing, featuring oysters, baked Borogoves, 
and Mock Turtles amid continued con- 
versation. Certainly a white-stone day. 
— August A. Imholtz, Jr. 


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Looking Glass Letters 

Collins & Brown of London has recently published Lewis 
Carroll Looking-Glass Letters in their series The Illustrated 
Letters. It is a handsomely produced volume which tells the 
story of Carroll's life primarily through his letters, edited and 
with additional text by Thomas Hinde. Unfortunately, as is 
frequently the case with series books written on a commission, 
the contents of the volume do not live up to its sleek look. One 
wishes that the publisher had hired a Carroll scholar to edit the 
volume, as well as a good copy editor to proofread it — one 
photo caption reads "After gaining a first-class degree, he 
became a permanent member of the common room, and spent 

the rest of his life there " The 

book is heavily illustrated, and 
the illustrations are well printed, 
but the choice is often strange. 
Full-page illustrations are often 
given over to relatively irrelevant 
subjects — a group of men play- 
ing tennis, a watercolor of the 
Crystal Palace, or a completely 
contrived painting of Victorians 
at the seaside, while items of real 
interest (the poster for the origi- 
nal West End production of Alice, 
Carroll's manuscript calendar of 
events connected with the publi- 
cation of Alice, and a facsimile 
of a Harry Furniss letter) are given small marginal illustration. 
Still, there is a wealth of material illustrated here — Carroll 
photographs that have seldom if ever been published, drawings 
by Carroll and Tenniel, and a few Carroll letters in facsimile. 
With the emphasis of the book on letters, one wishes that more 
had been reproduced in facsimile — those few that are, such as 
Carroll's first extant letter written when he was about five, only 
serve to tantalize. Though this book does not fulfill the promise 
of its intriguing cover, most Carrollians will want to add it to 
their collection. The text reveals nothing new and is not always 
completely accurate, but the illustrations, even those which are 
not relevant to the text, catch a bit of the spirit of Victorian 
England and give a glimpse at some seldom seen tidbits of 
Carrolliana. The book is widely available in the UK and sells 
for £14.99. The publisher's address is Mercury House, 195 
Knightsbridge, London, SW7 IRE. 

The Adventures of Alice 

Newly available is Mavis Batey's The Adventures of Alice, 
concerning, as its subtitle reveals, "the story behind the stories 
Lewis Carroll told." This slim volume tells in narrative form 
the origins of the two Alice books, and while the information 

is not new, it is pleasant to be able to 
read or refer to just this aspect of 
Alice without gleaning biographies 
and other reference works. Cer- 
tainly for the amateur who might 
pick this up out of curiosity or as a souvenir, Mrs. Batey's book 
provides a useful and entertaining introduction to the facts 
behind Oxford's celebrated don and his tale. 

Perhaps the most interesting portion of the book for a 
Carrollian is the second half, devoted to Through the Looking- 
Glass. Although the origins of Alice are so well known to most 
even moderately serious Carrollians as to be almost trite, the 
true events and influences behind Looking-Glass are recounted 

much less often, and so seem 
much more novel and absorb- 
ing. There are throughout the 
book a few small points with 
which one might quibble; for 
instance, Mrs. Batey associates 
the bonfire preparations at the 
beginning of Looking-Glass 
with the celebrations of the 
wedding of the Prince of Wales 
in March 1863. It seems much 
more probable that the setting 
is the eve of November 5, Guy 
Fawkes Day, as Alice says twice 
that she is "seven and a half, 
exactly," Alice Liddell's birth- 
day being May 4. Considering all the debatable tales which 
abound concerning the true facts behind the Alices and their 
inspiration, though, this little book does a remarkable job of 
sorting through the dustpiles and producing a creditable ac- 
count. Published by Macmillan Children's Books in 1991, this 
paperback retails for £3.50. -Stephanie Lovett 

Lewis Carroll's Chess 

Martin Gardner was not about to let an entry in Carroll's 
diary for Dec. 19, 1880, slip by unnoticed. "The idea occurred 
to me that a game might be made of letters, to be moved about 
on a chess-board till they form words," wrote Carroll, and 
though he never invented such a game, Gardner has. The game 
is being marketed by Kadon Enterprises (1227 Lorene Dr., 
Pasadena, MD, 21 122), and comes with a cloth checkerboard 
and letter tiles. Gardner gave us a private demonstration 
recently and Carroll would have been pleased — it is something 
like a cross between checkers, Scrabble, and Doublets. Players 
manoeuvre tiles in an attempt to form the longest word pos- 
sible, while preventing the opponent from completing a word. 

Lewis Carroll — An Essential Reference Library 

Many of the respondants to our recent membership survey 
wanted more information on various aspects of Carroll's life 
and works. While the books cited in this piece will doubtless 
be familiar to many members, we hope that the following 
overview of reference works will help newcomers to navigate 
the maze of materials relating to Rev. Dodgson. 

Primary Sources 

Lewis Carroll left behind a vast amount of unpublished mate- 
rial at his death. Most of this took the form of letters and diaries, 
and much of it has since been published. The two primary 
sources which are indespensible to any student of Carroll are 
The Diaries of Lewis Carroll ( 1 953), and The Letters of Lewis 
Carroll (1979). Although the Diaries, as edited by Roger 
Lancelyn Green, omit large sections from the originals, and 
though the volumes covering much of Carroll's relationship 
with Alice Liddell are not known to be extant, they remain the 
single best source for tracking Carroll's everyday movements 
and activities. While in later years entries become briefer, 
there is a wealth of material here. The two-volume edition of 
the Letters, edited by Morton Cohen, contains over 1 300 letters 
covering Carroll's entire literate life. Carroll's views on 
hundreds of subjects, his feelings about hundreds of people, 
and his marvelous ability with the language are all revealed 
here. Other valuable primary (or nearly primary) sources 
include Lewis Carroll: Interviews and Recollections (1989) 
and, of course, a good collection of Carroll's published works. 


The first biography of Carroll, written by his nephew Stuart 
Collingwood, was published shortly after his death and must 
be given some precedence, if only because it was a major 
source for virtually all subsequent biographies. Collingwood's 
book is full of family anecdotes and other material which 
cannot be gleaned from primary sources. Subsequent biogra- 
phies have been written by Belle Moses (1910), Langford Reed 
(1932), Walter De La Mare (1932), Florence Becker Lennon 
(1947), Roger Lancelyn Green (1947), A. L. Taylor (1952), 
Derek Hudson (1954, revised and illustrated 1976), James 
Playsted Wood (1966), Jean Gattegno (1974), and Anne Clark 
(1979). There are substantial differences in point of view and 
general approach in these works, and exposure to as many as 
possible is an advantage to the Carroll scholar. One should also 
add to the biography shelf Phyllis Greenacre's Swift and 
Carroll: A Psychoanalytic Study of Two Lives — the only fully 
realized psychological study of Carroll. 


Few books have been picked apart by such a wide range of 
critics as Alice in Wonderland. The easiest way to sample the 
spectrum of Carrollian criticism is to dip into Aspects of Alice 
(ed. Richard Phillips, 1970). This includes an excellent selec- 

tion of the most important Carroll criticism from before 1970, 
as well as an extensive bibliography. Former LCSNA presi- 
dent Edward Guilaino has edited three books which provide a 
good source of criticism since that time (short of perusing the 
MLA online bibliography) — Lewis Carroll Observed (1976), 
Lewis Carroll: A Celebration (1982), and Soaring With the 
Dodo ( 1 982) all contain critical articles along with biogaphical 
and bibliographical pieces. 


The complex bibliographical details of Carroll's publications 
have been of interest to collectors and librarians since before 
the publication of the first bibliography in 1924. Any collector 
of Carroll material must own The Lewis Carroll Handbook in 
its most recent edition (1979). Though still full of errors and 
omissions, it is the one indispensable guide to Carroll's publi- 
cations. The Handbook has been through four editions (1932, 
1960, 1970, 1979) and a serious collector will want all four as 
subsequent editions correct some errors but also omit certain 
sections. Other useful bibliographical tools include catalogues 
of particular collections (The Parrish Catalogue, Lewis Carroll 
at Texas, and Lewis Carroll's Alice — A Bibliographical Check- 
list of the Lovett Collection); Edward Guiliano's Lewis Carroll 
An Annotated International Bibliography 1960-1977; and 
books on specific subjects which include checklists {Alice in 
Many Tongues by Warren Weaver with its list of Alice trans- 
lations, and The Illustrators of Alice by Ovenden and Davis 
with its woefully incomplete, but still useful, checklist of Alice 


Jabberwocky, the Journal of the British Lewis Carroll Society, 
has featured articles on many aspects of Carroll's life and 
works since it began publishing in 1969. Updated biblio- 
graphical pieces, texts of previously unpubished letters, book 
reviews, and critical articles all grace its pages. There are many 
other works on specific aspects of Carroll's life which will be 
necessary to enthusiasts interested in those areas. Helmut 
Gernsheim's Lewis Carroll Photographer (1949) explores 
Carroll's work in that art form in depth; Rodney Engen's 
recently published biography of John Tenniel and Justin 
Schiller's monograph on the 1865 Alice and original Tenniel 
illustrations provide a look at Alices illustrator; Martin 
Gardner's Annotated Alice and More Annotated Alice are 
essential to any student of the Alice texts; and William Bartley 's 
reconstruction of the unpublished portions of Symbolic Logic 
will lead the reader into yet another facet of Carroll's mind. 

The above is only the tip of the iceberg. Books could be written 
on the subject of Carrollian reference works (in fact, one book 
has been written, but it is appallingly bad). With access to even 
some of the books listed above, though, you may begin your 
journey of discovery into the world of Lewis Carroll. 



New York S narks 
Over 80 

What is the oldest continuously operat- 
ing organization named after a Carrollian 
character? Surely it must be The Snarks, 
Ltd., founded in 1 909 by a group of seven 
theatrically minded women. Since that 
time, The Snarks have produced plays in 
New York on a regular basis (annually 
until 1967, and since then twice a year). 
Their 1959 50th anniversary program 
stated that "not wishing to be restricted 
by a specific name, they organized around 
Lewis Carroll's poem-in-seven-fits, 'The 
Hunting of the Snark,' reasoning that 
since not even the author knew what a 
Snark was, there was plenty of leeway to 
follow any course promising interest or 
amusement." The Snarks have made an 
effort to present plays of merit which 
would not ordinarily be produced by 
commercial theatres. In addition to their 
scores of productions, they have orga- 
nized classes in acting, playwriting, 
make-up, stage lighting, and pantomime, 
as well as hosting "Huntings" — stunt 
parties for members and prospective 
members. Representatives of the Snarks 
have now joined with the 65-years 
younger LCSNA, and we were happy to 
welcome them to our last gathering in 
New York. 

Survey Reveals 

You are not only doctors, lawyers, librar- 
ians, teachers and bookdealers. You are 
actors, editors, artists, police officers, 
rabbis, students, writers, and mail clerks. 
You are the 109 respondents to the 
LCSNA membership survey. Many 
thanks to you all for this tremendous 
response. Your diversity of occupations 
is matched by your diversity of ideas 
about Lewis Carroll, and this should bode 

well for future gatherings — 
for our meetings should al- 
ways be a place for members 
to exchange ideas about Carroll 
and his works. Many of you 
are involved in various writ- 
ing projects relating to Carroll, 
and we hope you will keep us updated on 
those projects so that we may inform the 
membership of their progress and publi- 
cation. Members expressed interest in 
virtually all aspects of Carroll and his 
works, mentioning specific interests in 
such topics as his sources of inspiration, 
his relationships with his contemporar- 
ies, aspects of dreams, Alice in popular 
culture, Victorian fantasy, and many oth- 
ers. We have already had the opportu- 
nity to use some survey results in the 
Knight Letter and in planning meetings. 
Our high percentage of book collectors 
has inspired the "Bibliographer's Cor- 
ner," while the large number of members 
who expressed a desire for a West Coast 
meeting will be pleased to know that we 
will meet in San Francisco in the Fall of 
1992. We hope to continue to use your 
ideas and suggestions as much as pos- 
sible and hope, also, that you will con- 
tinue to send pieces for the Knight Letter 
and suggestions for speakers. While one 
message which was clear from the sur- 
vey results was "You can't please every- 
body," we would like to serve the mem- 
bership in the best ways possible. 

r ROFILE (continued from page I) 

Her interest in Lewis Carroll devel- 
oped when she used her bachelor's de- 
gree in business administration to open 
the Cheshire Cat Gift Shop. Although 
she had always liked the Alice books, this 
new connection heightened her aware- 
ness of things Carrollian. Book collect- 
ing came as the next step, a natural one, 
considering her pervasive involvement 
with libraries and education and Newell's 
own collection of books on the Panama 
Canal (he was chief of the Canal Zone 
Administration's Research and Service 
Bureau in World War II). 

Kay was among the people who dis- 
covered the LCSNA through the 
Smithsonian's coverage of the "Wasp in 
a Wig," and she attended the joint meet- 
ing of the British and North American 
LC Societies in Oxford in 1982. Her 
collecting focus has been on the different 
illustrators of Alice in Wonderland, and 
she says one of the remarkable aspects of 
her adventures in collecting Carroll has 
been the interest other people have taken 
in her collection. 

Flag Kay down at your next meeting, 
and you're sure to have an interesting talk 
about illustrated Alices. Newell may 
well be the most patient Carroll widow 
on record, so if you're one of that brave 
and unappreciated band, you've found a 
fun and interesting compatriot! 

— Stephanie Lovett 


variant of the first edition 

of Sylvie and Bruno. At first glance, it appears to be the first American 
edition, as it is bound in red cloth with the American decorations — a gold 
and black leaf decorated band across the top of the front cover and spine, 
black floral design at the foot of the front cover, etc. There is a small 
difference from other copies of the American binding, though. The 
publisher's name at the foot of the spine reads "THE MACMILLAN I 
COMPANY" rather than "MACMILLAN & C°." Internally, however, 
the book collates not with the American edition, but with the first London 
edition. The title pages is dated 1 889 rather than 1 890, the Macmillan device is 
present on p. [ii], and the printer is identified as Clay on p [vi]. The only 
differences from the British edition internally are the white endpapers and the 
absence of all advertisements. In his bibliography of 5 & B (Jabberwocky, 
Summer 1975), Selwyn Goodacre mentions a copy of the American edition 
without ads in the Parrish collection, which may, if examined closely, be found 
to collate with this copy. This writer is inclined to believe that this variant was 
a sample made up for the American salesmen from the British sheets before the 
American sheets had been printed. I am certainly open to other suggestions, 
though. . . . 



from Our fa 

ar- i 

Timothy Halbur, a broadcasting major at 
San Francisco State, has produced an 
hour-long version of Alice for radio. The 
production features 17 actors, full music, 
and sound effects. Halbur says he has 
remained faithful to the story while add- 
ing twists like a beat poet Caterpillar and 
a jitterbug Lobster Quadrille. Copies of 
the production on cassette tape are avail- 
able for $ 1 0, postpaid, from the producer 
at 27 1 2 A Sutter St., San Francisco, CA, 


Soap opera actor Christopher Durham 
spends his free time creating works of art 
out of ostrich eggs. One of his favorite 
subjects to paint on the eggs is, naturally, 
Alice in Wonderland. The eggs, which 
open to display jewelry or music boxes, 
start at $600. For more information call 
(212) 724-7443. 

One of Martin Gardner's latest projects 
is a collection of Peter Puzzlemaker 
puzzle pages edited from the pages of 
John Martin's Book, a children's maga- 
zine founded in 1913. This charming 
collection of illustrated puzzles for chil- 
dren includes three inspired by the Alice 
books and illustrated after Tenniel. The 
book is published by Dale Seymour 
Publications, P. O. Box 10888, 
Palo Alto, CA, 94303. 

David Del Tredici's new Alice 
Symphony, the latest in a long line 
of Alice-inspired pieces, had its 
world premiere at the Tanglewood 
Festival in Lenox, Mass., on Au- 
gust 7. The New York Times for 
Friday, August 9, featured a favor- 
able review of the piece beginning 
on page CI. 

The Continental Historical Society, per- 
petrators of the "Queen Victoria wrote 
Alice in Wonderland" hoax, has issued 
a newsletter aimed primarily at college 
professors to whom they are attempting 
to market their book. A curious piece of 
ephemera for the collector, but rather 
horrifying in its revelation that the sup- 
posed controversial authorship of Alice 
is actually being taught in the college 
classroom. The Society is located at 
3145 Geary Blvd. #126, San Francisco, 
CA, 94118. 

Alice jewlery continues to abound. The 
Metropolitan Museum of Art Christmas 
catalogue features a White Rabbit pin for 
(can you believe it) $42, an Alice charm 
bracelet for $52, and a Cheshire Cat 
necklace for $22. Nature's Jewelry (27 
Industrial Ave. , Chelmsford, MA, 1 824) 
offers a White Rabbit of onyx and mother- 
of-pearl for $18. 

Museum Collections (921 Eastwind Dr, 
Westerville, Ohio, 4308 1 ) offers a set of 
four Alice in Wonderland sterling silver 
ornaments for $148. 

Detail from the bookplate of Robert Brooke 
found in a copy of Sylvie & Bruno 

Expressions (Department El 16-1, 120 
North Meadows Rd., Medfield, MA„ 
02052) offers a charming Alice tea set 
with playing cards on the mugs and the 
tea-pot, and with Alice, the Hatter, and 
the March Hare perched atop the pot. 
The teapot sells for $94.95, and a set of 
four mugs for $52.95. 

Addi son-Wesley Mathematics, a text book 
published by the Addison- Wesley Pub- 
lishing Company in 1 99 1 , includes word 
problems based on some of Lewis 
Carroll's experiences. For instance: "In 
1889 Lewis Carroll asked his publisher 
to raise the price of his book Sylvie and 
Bruno from 6 shillings to 7 1/2 shillings. 
How much profit would 500 copies earn 
at the higher price?" The problems turn 
on obscure Carrollian trivia such as his 
dissatisfaction with the printing of the 
60th thousand Looking-Glass, and his 
negotiations with Arthur Sullivan to set 
Alice songs to music. 

The Deepwood Estate, an 1 894 Victorian 
home in Salem, Oregon, sponsors an 
annual "Alice at Deepwood" festival. 
The celebration, which was held for the 
fourth time on September 7 & 8 features 
a croquet tournament, a Mad Tea 
Party, and a chance to meet Oregon 
authors. Members of the Friends of 
Deepwood are costumed as 
Carrollian characters during the fes- 
tivities. For the past two years, 
Deepwood has produced com- 
memorative lapel pins (featuring 
Alice and the White Rabbit) for the 
festival. For more information on 
next year's festival, contact Sherry 
Bennett, 1226 Manzanita Way NE, 
Keizer, OR, 97303. 

For assistance in preparing this issue we would like to thank: Sherry Bennett, Sandor Burstein, John Campbell, Joe Desy, Martin 
Gardner, Timothy Halbur, August Imholtz, Janet Jurist, Casey Korda, Stephanie Lovett, Bob Lovett, Lucille Posner, Kay Rossman, 
and David & Maxine Schaefer. 

Knight Letter is the official newsletter of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America. It is published quarterly and is distributed 
free to all members. Subscriptions, business correspondence, and inquiries should be addressed to the Secretary, LCSNA, 617 
Rockford Road, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20902. Annual membership dues are $20 (regular) & $50 (sustaining). Submissions and 
editorial correspondence should be sent to the Editor, Charles C. Lovett, 1092 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101.